Created by Joe Chiappetta
Silly Daddy Forever is an oversized collected volume of artwork that reads like a life book of anecdotal proverbs and a parody on the human experience. It’s an autobiographical piece of art.
The book is child-friendly but is written for adults including observations that capture the humorous and intimate aspects of parenthood. The snapshot called “Moon looks like a button” is where the father says to his child that the moon looks like a button that we could reach out and touch. The child asks, “Why don’ t you?” “Spitty Thumb” captures a moment between a father and his infant son and the father’s desire to not have the child place its wet thumb, which he’d been sucking, on his clothes. The skit captured in this snapshot is both honest and humorous as most parents can relate to these types of episodes with their children.
The black and white art is realistic in its representation of people and bombastic in its representation of technology. Perhaps the most detailed snapshot, artistically, captures a city, with faces superimposed, labeled Self-portrait Critics. The buildings are futuristic, fantastical, while the faces are real-looking. However, my favorite snapshot in the book shows a woman’s face which asks the question, “Should I be concerned that my employer is paying me in bitcoin?” The picture is detailed, a hand-drawn portrait, that is creative, and captures the emotions behind her question. What will the finances of the future look like?
The exposition, which is captured in both character’s quotes and monologues that read like statements is honest, humorous, and sometimes darkly attuned to the human experience. For example, numerous snapshots depict the impact social media has had on society. The observation is grounded in real-life experience and authentic in its treatment of human morality. For example, “an earful” shows a father and son observing people walking down the sidewalk all with earbuds on listening to things on their phones. The caption “Those wires power their brains” is a commentary on the impact cell phones have on the collective intelligence of society. And again, a solitary female character is pictured as she states “Computers are dumb, I’m not impressed by our future.”
Although the author presents a critique of society, people, and relationships his outlook is positive and presents the human experience from a hopeful perspective. The author stays out of a purely negative commentary by presenting snapshots of his family, which demonstrate his gratitude for them. Like the “There go the Birds” which has a child labeling airplanes as birds. Or on the snapshot that pictures a father holding his infant son while commenting “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The author is completely transparent about his life from courting his wife, to having his first child, to his views about God, and his views on the problems with modern society.
Mostly, this book is a bundle of hope. The author presents his faith in God and the possibility that life presents for those who choose to focus their attention and energies on things that are edifying. While the exposition is rich throughout, the art ebbs and flows. Some of the art really captures the reader’s attention while other parts felt under developed. I highly recommend this book to parents and partners in a relationship because of its honest and hopeful perspective, and for the lessons, each snapshot teaches.
Overall = 9/10